by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism PhD student Sally Ann Cruikshank will present a paper on the Bush Administration and Al Jazeera TV in May at the International Communication Association in Boston.
Her paper is “The Battle for Arab Hearts and Minds: The Bush Administration’s Conflict with Al Jazeera During the War on Terror, 2001-2003.”
When a U.S. bomb in Iraq killed an Al Jazeera journalist on April 8, 2003, many questioned if the Al Jazeera office had been deliberately targeted by the U.S. as the culmination of a contentious relationship between the Bush Administration and the station.
Cruikshank’s paper examined the clash between the Bush administration and Al Jazeera in the days following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, until April 9, 2003, the day after the journalist’s death and when U.S. forces entered the center of Baghdad. The conflict between the United States and Al Jazeera was particularly important because it was during this time, at the start of the “War on Terror,” that the Bush administration was battling for the hearts and minds of the Arab world.